Religion Book Reviews (page 176)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 1992

"Admirable passion, then, but screwy logic."
Scathing attack on American Jews by the former editor-in-chief of Globes, Israel's leading business newspaper. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Nonetheless, for those who have the time, a gripper. (Photographs.)"
Cathedral-sized reconstruction of one year (September 1986- September 1987) in the life of the Catholic Church in America, by free-lance religion-journalist Briggs (National Catholic Reporter, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A provocative and haunting work, worthy of the attention—and soul-searching—of a wide readership. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A chilling exploration of the moral complexities of survival in an insane world distinguishes this unusual and deeply disturbing Holocaust tale. Read full book review >
STORIES FOR THE CHRISTIAN YEAR by Chrysostom Society
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A clever conceit, carefully crafted—and just in time for Christmas."
In a secular age, here's an attempt to respiritualize the calendar with a year's worth of essays—some reprinted from Christianity Today and Modern Liturgy—covering every major Christian feast. Read full book review >
CATHOLIC GIRLS by Amber Coverdale Sumrall
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 29, 1992

"Perhaps—but this anthology will provoke more yawns than yelps."
Not, as the title suggests, about Catholic girlhood per se, but rather about girls and young women who rebel against their religious upbringing. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"To be sent immediately in plain brown wrapping to all freedom fighters—and their foes."
The Book of Job as a guide to modern political dissent: on the face of it, a risky, if not goofy, enterprise that Safire (Language Maven Strikes Again, 1990, etc.) pulls off with wit and moral passion. Read full book review >
JESUS by A.N. Wilson
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A formidable challenge to believers in Jesus' divinity, Wilson's eminently readable book also serves as an excellent introduction to the New Testament."
The prolific novelist (Daughters of Albion, 1991, etc.) and biographer (C.S. Lewis, 1990, etc.) turns his attention to the historical Jesus, a biographical subject out of fashion among contemporary theologians. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"The flowering of American neoconservative religious thought (see also Richard John Neuhaus's Doing Well and Doing Good, below), notorious for its acumen, wit, and cockiness, continues unabated."
Unfocused but frequently brilliant disquisition on Christianity in relation to society. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Nonetheless, an important book, likely to generate intense discussion."
Furious blast at anti-Semitism and the liberals who tolerate it. Read full book review >
RAISED CATHOLIC (CAN YOU TELL?) by Ed Stivender
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"A feast of good feelings: a Catholic Garrison Keillor, with less literary polish but just as much soul."
Warm tales of Catholic childhood by a professional storyteller. Read full book review >
THE ISLAMIC THREAT by John L. Esposito
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A much-needed and highly accessible account of an ancient and widespread culture too often presented only in terms of villainous stereotypes."
Holy Cross professor (Middle East Studies) and State Department consultant Esposito calls for a more balanced and informed view of the Muslim world. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The delivery is gentle, the message upbeat, the aftereffects nil: fizzy spiritual snacks that evanesce in memory."
In the Robert Fulghum tradition but without the Fulghum bite, 52 little essays on life's little wonders, by a rabbi from Westchester, New York. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >